Here we are, Black Friday morning, with news stories posting by dawn about the insanity inspired by big store deals. But there are more ways than one to stuff that stocking with care!
To start it off right, today’s edible South Shore publication’s (and you can’t get more local than that series’ publications, find one near you! ) blog entry gives many listings for local vendors offering unique delights on the South Shore, check out the ones near you.
And I have often talked up Violet Skin Boutique in Brookline, where you will find exquisitely handmade, natural beauty products, along with many spa treatment offerings. I highly recommend the chocolate face mask, and the coffee face scrub if she has it in stock (i.e. fresh from her ‘lab’). Violet is also running sales on gift sets starting next weekend.
Lastly, I recently discovered another local treasure, Sacred Space Healing Center in Marshfield. I got a discounted price on a hot stone massage through Living Social – a nationwide company that specializes in bringing you deals on vendors in your region. I usually get deep tissue work done, but Michelle LeVangie-Gilmore, proprietor and practitioner, worked melty magic with her volcano and granite hot stones on some seriously spasmatic back areas and rope-tight calves, not to mention all the muscles in between! But this is only half of the local magic here. She has a magnificent and cozy boutique of local artists’ work in jewelry and décor, and I believe is having an event with sales on these individuals’ creations this coming Thursday evening, the 29th. Get there if you can, and bring a bit of extra cash to get yourself a little local holiday joy. The hard part will be choosing which one(s) !
Regardless, where ever you live, whomever you need to shop for, there are always little secret treasures to be found and given with personal thought and consideration all around you. Tomorrow, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday, to be the counterpoint to Black Friday. Get out there and support your local community!
Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays.